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Scrotal Tissue Necrosis in a Patient with Urethral Stricture Treated with Internal Urethrotomy and Mitomycin-C Injection/Uretra Darligi Nedeniyle Internal Uretrotomi ve Mitomisin-C Enjeksiyonu ile Tedavi Edilen Bir Hastada Gelisen Skrotal Doku Nekrozu.


Urethral strictures are one of the most difficult urological problems in terms of treatment. Trauma and iatrogenic factors are more frequently observed in the etiology (1). Various treatment techniques have been developed for the treatment of urethral stricture, depending on the length of the stenosis, location and depth of scarring (2). According to the International Consultation on Urological Diseases and American Urological Association Guidelines, simple urethral dilatation, direct visual internal urethrotomy, laser urethrotomy, anterior urethral stenting or urethroplasty can be performed for bulbar urethral strictures of <2 cm (3,4). Urethral dilatation and cold knife urethrotomy are the safest therapy procedures for short urethral strictures, with a total success rate of 35-70% (3). The success rate for this treatment is very low when the size of the stenotic segment is longer than 2 cm (3). Urethral catheter can be safely removed within 24-72 hours following direct visual internal urethrotomy. Surgeons may offer self-catheterization schedules after direct visual internal urethrotomy for maintaining temporary urethral patency in candidates for urethoplasty (3). The success rate for resection and primary anastomosis of the stenotic segment is higher than for endoscopic treatment for bulbar urethral stricture (3). However, urethroplasty is a surgical procedure associated with high morbidity compared to endoscopic treatment. Urethroplasty should be performed for recurrent anterior urethral strictures following failed dilatation or endoscopic treatment (3). Surgeons should offer urethroplasty for a long ([greater than or equal to]2 cm) bulbar urethral strictue. Urethral stenting may be performed in patients not suitable for urethroplasty (4). Injection of an antiproliferative agent injection, such as mitomycin-C (MMC), is a feasible method despite the conflicting data regarding the treatment of recurrent urethral stricture (3,4).

MMC is used in the treatment of superficial bladder cancer and it reduces tumor recurrence when administered intravesically after transurethral bladder resection (5). Recurrence of the stricture after internal urethrotomy is associated with poor prognosis in some patients. Therefore, MMC has been used as an instillation or intralesional injection during internal urethrotomy. It has been reported that submucosal injection of MMC during internal urethrotomy reduced stricture recurrence (6). In previous years, patients have endured adverse events associated with MMC administration.

In this case, we report a case of scrotal necrosis in a patient who was treated with MMC administration following cold knife urethrotomy for urethral stenosis.

Case Presentation

An 89-year-old male patient presented with tissue necrosis in the inferior hemiscrotum. It was seen that the lesion infiltrated into the subcutaneous tissue (Figure 1). The patient has been diagnosed with prostate cancer 9 years ago and open radical prostatectomy was performed. Internal urethrotomy and urethral dilatation had been performed several times within 1 year due to urethral stricture after radical prostatectomy.

In his urethroscopy, anterior urethral stricture 2 cm in length was determined. After internal urethrotomy, 20 mg of MMC was diluted with 50 cc isotonic solution and applied as an intralesional injection (10 cc) and instillation (40 cc). An 18-Fr Foley catheter was placed after the surgery. The catheter was removed on the postoperative 10th day and there was no problem during micturition. On the 15th postoperative day, epididymo-orchitis was detected and antibiotic treatment was planned.

On the postoperative first month, there was scrotal necrosis, but urethral stenosis was not detected in his urethroscopy. Debridement surgery was planned and the necrotic tissue was resected from the scrotal region. No necrotic tissue was observed in the testes and anal region. Postoperative hyperbaric oxygen treatment was considered but not applied because of claustrophobia. In postoperative 3rd month, there was no necrotic tissue in the scrotal area (Figure 2). The urethral stricture recurred about 1 year after the last operation and the perineal urethrostomy was performed and routine follow-up was planned.

Written informed consent was obtained from the patient.


MMC is an alkylating drug preventing DNA synthesis and is known to be effective against gastrointestinal, lung, uterine, head-neck, and bladder cancers, and chronic leukemia. It is known that it reduces the risk of recurrence of bladder cancer. The most frequent adverse event is chemical cystitis after intravesical administration, which occurs in approximately 0-39% of patients (7). In uitro and animal model studies have shown that MMC decreases the collagen accumulation and scar formation by hindering fibroblast proliferation (8). MMC has been described as an anti-fibroblast effective agent and for this reason, MMC injection has emerged as a preferred treatment procedure for urethral strictures and bladder neck contractures (6,9,10,11).

In a study performed by Vanni et al. (9), favorable results were obtained with internal urethrotomy and intralesional MMC administration in recurrent bladder neck contractures. No complication was observed after MMC administration. Mazdak et al. (6) found that sub-mucosal injection of MMC resulted in a significant decrease in recurrence of stricture. They described MMC injection as a safe and easy method in the treatment of urethral stricture. Intralesional triamcinolone, MMC and hyaluronidase injections were performed with internal urethrotomy for the treatment of anterior urethral stricture in 2014 (10). Injection of these three agents increased the effectiveness of internal urethrotomy with no regional or systemic adverse events. Sourial et al. (12) performed MMC injection with urethral dilatation for the treatment of recurrent vesicourethral anastomotic stricture after radical prostatectomy and they did not notice any adverse effects. They found that MMC injection with urethral dilatation was a reliable, efficient, and minimally invasive treatment method. Redshaw et al. (13) reviewed data on 55 patients with bladder neck obstruction who underwent bladder neck resection with MMC injection. They reported that 7% of patients (n=4) experienced serious adverse effects, including osteitis pubis, necrosis of the trigone and genesis of rectourethral fistula. The exact mechanism of these adverse events associated with MMC injection was not understood. Moradi et al. (14) found that internal urethrotomy and application of MMC hydrogel might have an anti-fibrotic action preventing post-traumatic anterior urethral stricture recurrence with no adverse events. Kumar et al. (15) evaluated the influence of holmium laser urethrotomy with intralesional administration of Santosh PGI tetra-inject (triamcinolone, MMC, hyaluronidase and N-acetyl cysteine) in 50 patients with urethral stricture. They reported a successful outcome in 41 patients (82%) (15). A total of 50 patients were cured with this method. No complications were observed after intralesional injection of Santosh PGI tetra-inject. Ali et al. (16) reported effectiveness of MMC in avoiding urethral stricture recurrence after internal urethrotomy without any major complications such as necrosis of the urothelium, extravasation, or systemic absorption.

The urethra is endoscopically incised in some operations such as internal urethrotomy. If the incision involves a deep or wide urethral segment, the integrity of the spongious body may be impaired and the irrigation fluid may leak into the tissues. Then the irrigation fluid passes through the tissues to the vascular area and can initiate an infective process in adjacent organs. In our case, MMC was applied as an intralesional injection and instillation after the urethral incision. After this procedure, the solution which contained MMC was probably spread into the tissues and initiated an infective process. The clinical situation was considered to be a late complication of urethral MMC administration.

Intralesional MMC injection has been described as an efficient and reliable treatment method with rare complications. However, although it has not been reported, our case gives an important message to the surgeons that MMC may cause tissue necrosis.


Informed Consent: Written informed consent was obtained from the patient.

Peer-review: Externally peer-reviewed.

Authorship Contributions

Surgical and Medical Practices: B.T., Concept: B.T., S.Y., Design: B.T., Data Collection or Processing: B.T., S.Y., Analysis or Interpretation: S.U., H.C.I., Literature Search: B.T., S.Y., Writing: B.T.

Conflict of Interest: No conflict of interest was declared by the authors.

Financial Disclosure: The authors declared that this study received no financial support.


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[iD] Bahadir Topuz (1), [iD] Sercan Yilmaz (2), [iD] Sami Uguz (1), [iD] Hasan Cem Irkilata (3)

(1) University of Health Sciences, Gulhane Research and Training Hospital, Clinic of Urology, Ankara, Turkiye

(2) Nigde Bor State Hospital, Clinic of Urology, Nigde, Turkiye

(3) Dauraz Yasam Hospital, Clinic of Urology, Isparta, Turkiye

Correspondence: Bahadir Topuz MD, University of Health Sciences, Gulhane Research and Training Hospital, Clinic of Urology, Ankara, Turkiye

Phone: +90 312 304 56 07 E-mail: ORCID-ID:

Received: 17.10.2017 Accepted: 07.12.2017

Cite this article as: Topuz B, Yilmaz S, Uguz S, Irkilata HC. Scrotal Tissue Necrosis in a Patient with Urethral Stricture Treated with Internal Urethrotomy and Mitomycin-C Injection. J Urol Surg 2018;5(4):217-220.

Doi: 10.4274/jus.1723
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Title Annotation:CASE REPORT: General Urology
Author:Topuz, Bahadir; Yilmaz, Sercan; Uguz, Sami; Irkilata, Hasan Cem
Publication:Journal of Urological Surgery
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Date:Dec 1, 2018
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